04 December, 2010

Balsamic & Chocolate Roasted Almonds

A vicious chocolate craving struck last night and if I hadn't been too lazy to leave the apartment I may have never created these Balsamic & Chocolate Roasted Almonds.

Gather your ingredients and set your oven to 350.  Use a non-stick spray or olive oil to lightly coat a baking sheet.

You'll need raw almonds, cocoa powder, Stevia, a really good balsamic vinegar, kosher salt, & maple syrup.

In a small bowl add 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder, 2 Stevia packets, 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt

Add 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar,  2 tsp Maple Syrup, & 2 tsp Water.  Stir until wet and combined.

Coat 1 cup raw almonds in chocolate mixture.

Spread almonds in a single layer on prepared baking sheet and place in oven until the surface of the nuts appear dry.  About 4 minutes.  Remove from oven and stir.  Arrange into a single layer and return to oven for another few minutes, maybe 5-6 additional minutes. 

Have a piece of foil or parchment waiting.  Use a spoon to remove the nuts and allow to cool completely.
After nuts have cooled use 1/4 cup to measure single servings into snack size zip lock bags.
Looks may be deceiving because these almonds are nothing but crunchy chocolate yumminess!

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